Meet The Team: Kenny Davis, Tech Specialist Team Lead

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May 7, 2010 | By: J&P Cycles

Since 2007, Kenny Davis has been putting his motorcycle knowledge and education to good use at J&P Cycles. Kenny started with us as a technical support specialist assisting customers with their questions — in person, online and at motorcycle events. His performance, knowledge and helpful nature earned him his current role as Tech Specialist Team Lead.

Kenny has a customer-comes-first attitude and he has helped thousands of J&P shoppers and regulars troubleshoot their bikes and select the right part. Kenny is a certified technician who has owned his own shop.

Q: What compelled you to get so involved with motorcycles? 

A: I was drag racing on weekends at the local track. I had a ’71 Olds 442. I’d watch the guys on their drag bikes running in the mid 8s to low 9s. I talked one of them into letting me take his bike down the track. That’s all it took! I was already riding dirt bikes at this point and wrenching on my own bikes. Got my first Harley at 19 and never looked back.

Q: What did you do prior to coming to work for J&P?

A: Previously, I worked for a major brewing company as a route salesman. Short hair, clean-shaven, wearing a tie, but it wasn’t for me. I got tired of the daily grind. I decided to go to MMI in Phoenix. After that I went to work for a custom shop in Colorado for a couple years and then opened my own shop. I had the shop for 13 years, (my lucky number). Then I moved to Florida in 2007 and started working here. 

Q: What exactly do you do at J&P?

A: A little of this, a little of that. I’ve been with J&P Cycles for three years now. My actual title is Technical Specialist Team Lead. I work in the purchasing department maintaining the catalog, website and our internal computer system — all from the technical aspect. I am on the event crew, which attends the major shows and runs across the country — Sturgis, Daytona Bike Week, Biketoberfest and the Laughlin River Run, among others. I conduct classes for the Destination Daytona store called Girl’s Garage. I’m also involved with web chat and our online forum. 

Q: What do you currently ride?

A: My main means of transportation is a 2001 RoadKing with custom paint, Bassani exhaust, 16-inch Carlini apes, and Power Commander. I have numerous other bikes. Right now, I am finishing my 1965 Panhead.

Q: What do you like most about your job with J&P Cycles?

A: Basically, everything. How many people get to ride to work year round, work in the motorcycle industry helping others build anything from stock street machines to mild-to-wild customs, attend events all over the country and be paid for it? I don’t know if you can even classify that as a job?

Q: What is your dream bike?

A: If I had to pick one, I would have to say a ’47 Knucklehead.

Q: What are you currently reading?

A: I read quite a bit. I read the trade magazines for work and during my down time, I like crime novels — James Patterson, Michael Connelly.

Q: Have you ever been on television?

A: I knew this would come back to haunt me. Yes, I have. The girlfriend and I did a show called Wife Swap. The episode was called Wife Swap-Husband Edition. They switched the guys this time, instead of the women. I changed places with a guy that lived in a commune. I had a great time. My girlfriend said if I did something like this again, I had to find another girlfriend to do it with. Does that mean I can have two?

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Comments (12)

is kenny still with you guys

Heah Kenny! Did you dump the house in CS and move to Florida? Did you take the girlfriend and the kids with you? I noticed there was no mention of your shop in CS. Hope you are well and the old ticker is doing good. If you are in Florida I hope you are loving the weather. Take care old buddy. My old lady still thinks fondly of her time with you but she decided not to take up riding or tending bar.

Kenny I’ve seen that Wife Swap edition with you in it several times. You were one the best guys they ever had. The kids, dog, and eventually the other guys wife all loved you. You definately turned her on getting her the leather, riding on your bike, and letting her work in the bar. I figured she would dump the weasel and stay with you. You proved to them that inside you are a true gentleman. Maybe I’ll see yya at Daytona some time.

interesting stuff, i did really find something to promote my intrest in j&p adain. maybe they willnow have an outer primary cover for 65 pan. i alsc need to get a new catalogue. my ride is a 66 shovel. the 47 knuckle isw my ultimate dream bike.my hope is that someone with kennys knowledge writes an article on how to get my 66 to run cooler on this california ethanol infested excuse for gasoline. thanx

Kenny, I have a 2009 XL-1200L that has been converted to a trike becaude of a messed-up right ankle and a twice mashed left foot. This gave me a real problem at stops. Also, first ride I went on I went to thelocal Post Office ,got down the dirt road I live on, to the P.O..and ran into a batch of unfriendly rocks, and went down[twice]. Finally made it home and parked it until could fix it.In meantime read an article in \American Iron\ about a conversion done by Mystery Designs out of Dallas. Waited for thefinish article, and ordered kit the same day. Found a guy to do the work through a local bike club and have been having ever since. This is my first Harley . Just turned 65 and plan to ride untilam unable to continue. Am waiting for a J&P catalog so I can order some goodies.

Did Kenny say he was with J&P in FLORIDA? Do they have the tech support there?

I always wondered who had the fun putting together the cool catalogs!

Yep, that Wife Swap of Kenny’s just aired again this last week or two.

Any of the bitchers ever built a “bolt on bike” from
the ground up? They must have watched the show
a couple times anyway. How many times any of
those guys been on TV ?

So….what did you swap her for?

Great story, Kenny!
But do not listen to Len. It is OK to have two girl friends. (Two wifes however………)

Hi Kenny
So this is where you ended up as in life.
I thought you looked familar.

Remember me?

Kenny, you don’t want two girlfriends! While it has some bennies it has way too many problems…

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